The Best New Cafes in Hong Kong, Summer 2020 Edition
Every week, there seems to be a new cafe or coffee shop opening in Hong Kong, with dozens cropping up in neighbourhoods across the city, from Sham Shui Po to Sai Ying Pun. With their own distinct identities, styles and offerings, these newcomers are part of a new wave of cafe hotspots that are diligently documented by lifestyle photographers and Instagrammers, each eager to be first on the scene as soon as the coffee grinder starts purring. With social distancing, bar closures and limited dine-in services at restaurants, it seems that cafes continue to be the most favoured spots for a quick catch-up, so take a look below for our frequently updated list of the newest cafes and coffee shops to try in Hong Kong.
Yuen Long’s newest addition to the coffee scene is a small but impactful cafe serving beans from Melbourne’s Melba Coffee & Tea. The terrazzo tiling and beautiful muted murals depicting wild flora shows a keen eye for design, too.
8cm Coffee, Shop 14 , G/F, Ho Shun Lee Building, 9 Fung Yau Street South, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
14 South Lane
Filled with natural light and decked out with European-style bentwood chairs, 14 South Lane is a vision of calm and elegance, while its menu has some serious west coast vibes—think Mexican grain bowls topped with chargrilled vegetables and piquant salsa, sourdough toast topped with thinly sliced watermelon radishes and tomaberry tomatoes and a fresh young coconut and chia seed bowl. They’re also a bakery, meaning there are fresh hot bagels, scones and pastries coming out of the oven daily.
14 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong
Artistry Brewing Company
Located on a quiet street in bustling North Point, ABC hits all the right notes with its menu of single origin coffees, local craft beers and simple yet satisfying dishes like moules frites. The plant-filled cafe also benefits from floor to ceiling windows that let in beautiful afternoon light.
Artistry Brewing Company, Block D, Tung Fat Building, G/F, 43A Kam Ping St, North Point, Hong Kong
Also known as the coffee shop with the adorable shiba, Black Sugar (which has its original cafe in Kowloon) has finally expanded to the island side to serve the office workers of Central. It’s takeaway only, but still relatively spacious, and serves freshly roasted beans and drip bags as well.
Black Sugar, Shop 109, Manning House, Central, Hong Kong
The interiors of this Tai Kok Tsui cafe are reminiscent of the iconic Star Ferry, and there is a subtle reference to the fluidity of the ocean in their Cantonese name, yau sang (浮生), which means to drift or wander through life. Cafe Wander’s menu leans towards Japanese-style comfort food, with items such as okonomiyaki toast, udon, oden and onigiri served on bamboo trays, accompanied by a smooth latte.
Cafe Wander, G/F, 8 Anchor Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong
Love coffee and whisky? This cafe does both, while looking like a slice out of a mid-20th-century Tokyo kissaten. Located in Prince Edward, Coffee Analog is all about that retro vibe—think moody lighting, dark woods and leather—as well as promoting quality beans and a wide collection of whiskies. They also offer a “mystery cake”, essentially a cake of the day, that you can enjoy while perusing their collection of whisky literature.
Coffee Analog, 169 Sai Yeung Choi North Street, Prince Edward, Hong Kong
Five To One
A stunningly spacious coffee shop in Ho Man Tin, Five To One boasts high ceilings and sleek concrete and stone details, yet their menu features comforting offerings such as udon in chicken soup, and desserts such as earl grey panna cotta.
Five To One, 6 Victory Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong
The first dedicated CBD cafe in Hong Kong is providing a range of drinks and snacks that infuse the hemp-derived cannabinoid, from coffees to kombucha as well as ice pops and cakes. The calming, plant-filled space is the very definition of chill.
Found, Unit A, G/F, 8 Tai On Terrace, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Friends Of Years
The third opening from the team behind the original Years cafe in Sham Shui Po, Friends Of Years in Tsuen Wan offers beautiful vegetarian-friendly cakes and savouries in a welcoming atmosphere, thanks to its calming, Muji-esque interiors. Their fluffy pancakes are the current star.
Friends Of Years, 20 Sam Pei Square, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
Related: Tatler's Ultimate Guide To Vegetarian And Vegan Dining In Hong Kong
After finding success in Prince Edward’s flower market and then Causeway Bay, Hayfever is now in Central’s Wyndham Street to offer soothing teas and premium coffee alongside their signature cakes—get the hojicha roll.
Hayfever, Shop B, G/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Ap Lei Chau is waking up to another new coffee shop on Main Street (the first being the excellent AP Coffee on the other end), serving own roasted beans by Mad Coffee Roasters. As well as coffee, the cafe offers cold brew teas and dishes such as pork floss and cheese omelette and braised pork rice with Japanese soy sauce.
Mad Three, Shop F, G/F, 132 Aberdeen Main Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
Idyllic Mui Wo has always been a bit of an escape from the city, and its newest cafe is in line with the neighbourhood’s vibe. Pause is a minimalist space that has a large, inviting facade with floor to ceiling glass doors that fold back to open up the entrance; the venue is connected to Pause, a health and wellness hub that hosts yoga and pilates classes. Come here to enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon over a table of fresh juices, healthy salads and luscious coffees.
Pause, 21 Chung Hau Street, Mui Wo, Lantau, Hong Kong
Just around the corner from the Starbucks off Bonham Road, Poise offers a respite from the traffic-choked streets. The spacious cafe is dog-friendly—just check out their location tag on Instagram to see the parade of cute pups that are posed for photos on the wooden bench below the cafe’s logo—and serves the expected cafe fare of salmon and avocado toast.
Poise, Shop No.3, St Stephen's Lane, No.1-2, Golden Phoenix Court, Sai Ying Pun (Babington Path Entrance)
All pale woods, creamy tatami seating and low tables, Sap Sann has a distinctly Japanese aesthetic that is reflected in their careful, detailed approach to coffee and desserts. Their signature strawberry short cake, strawberry roll cake and creme caramel all look like they came straight out of Tokyo.
Sap Sann, G/F, 2 Wong Chuk Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
So High Coffee Bar
Situated next to the escalators in Sai Ying Pun on High Street (thus the name), So High is a sliver of a space dedicated to promoting decent coffee in the neighbourhood. They serve their brews in delicate china cups, and the small venue is kitsch-lite with minimalist design matched with vintage furniture and cute bonsai plants for good measure. The high ceilings lend a sense of openness despite the limited floor space.
So High Coffee Bar, G/F, 49 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Related: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Sai Ying Pun
Studio Caffeine Fo Tan
The third branch of Studio Caffeine takes up residence in the industrial district of Fo Tan, serving freshly roasted coffee and a small menu of comfort eats such as bagels, burgers and hotcakes. The space is small but cosy, with wraparound bench seating set slightly below street level.
Studio Caffeine, Shop B02, Kinho Industrial Building, 24 Au Pui Wan Street, Fo Tan, Hong Kong
We love a dog-friendly cafe and Superhooman at the Tuve hotel in Tin Hau is the second branch after the West Kowloon original. With its high ceilings and industrial aesthetic, it’s definitely a place for all the cool cats and kittens and their best friends. On the menu, you’ll find vibrantly plated items such as mini pancakes with ice cream and brunch classics like avocado toast and acai bowls.
Superhooman, 16 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong
This vegan coffee shop in Tsim Sha Tsui has an all-natural vibe thanks to its wood facade and interiors, hanging dried flowers and inviting aroma of freshly baked treats such as banana bread, fig cakes and brownies. A huge range of milk substitutes are also available to have in your flat whites and lattes.
Vego Coffee, Shop 7B, G/F, Garden Mansion, 154-156 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong